Notable Events of the Week:
- “America’s institutions have been attacked repeatedly over the past half-dozen years, thanks principally to the conduct and actions of Donald Trump. The next 18 months could further undermine confidence in democracy and the rule of law as the former president seeks a return to the White House while defending himself against federal and state criminal charges.” Washington Post
- “Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) laid out his early vision for regulating artificial intelligence in a keynote address Wednesday morning, kicking lawmakers’ efforts to both cultivate and control the development of AI tools like ChatGPT into high gear.” Washington Post
- “The Minneapolis Police Department engaged in the systemic use of excessive force and discriminated against racial minorities in the years leading up to the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in 2020, federal authorities said Friday.” Washington Post
Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:
- Stacy Palmer: You won’t get an analysis of the state of giving any stronger than this @philanthropy piece from @RasheedaChil and @_emilyhaynes — jam packed with insights that will help you elevate your fundraising & learn what warning signs to watch Fundraising in 2022 Was Among the Worst Ever, ‘Giving USA’ Found
- Philanthropy News Digest: “Uncertainty continues as we move through 2023 with thoughts of a looming recession, vacancies across multiple departments, new accounting standards, and an even greater push toward technology.” @UHY_US @UHYGlobal Fear of recession top cause for declining donations, study finds
- CEP: NEW RESEARCH out today! CEP’s new report reveals nonprofits across the U.S. are experiencing an increase in trust from funders, continued challenges with staffing & burnout, and a more positive financial outlook than many feared. Read more 👉 State of Nonprofits 2023: What Funders Need to Know #research
- Alex Daniels: Supreme Court Could Set Back Philanthropy’s Racial-Diversity Efforts With Affirmative-Action Ruling [Ed. I was cited a few times in this article, but the tweet below offers further context.]
- Gene: For more context on potential exposure for foundations and other grantmakers, see Anti-Discrimination Laws – Section 1981 and consider how these laws may change in interpretation and enforcement with the imminent SCOTUS decision on #AffirmativeAction.
- Phil Buchanan: At @CEPData we have often bucked the HR trends and it has served us well. More here in this new piece in @SSIReview co-authored with my tremendous colleagues Alyse d’Amico and Leaha Wynn. Why Settle for Cookie-Cutter People and Culture Practices?
- Nonprofit Quarterly: “Land ownership is a foreign concept to Native people, @corrina_gould explains, because #Indigenous people thought of themselves as caretakers of the land, rather than its owners.” https://bit.ly/43WVjLI #ClimateJustice
- For Purpose Law Group: More on Nonprofits Tossing Out Unsavory Names
- Vu Le: “Considering how vital journalism is to society, and yet how poorly resourced most media organizations are, and how many journalists are also underpaid and shop at Ross Dress for Less, you should already know what it must feel like to be in nonprofit.” Hey journalists, we need to talk about your problematic portrayals of nonprofits
- UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative: Today we released the largest representative study on #homelessness in CA. This groundbreaking independent research sheds light on causes, consequences & solutions to the crisis. Here’s what we found:🧵 🔗 California Statewide Study of People Experiencing Homelessness #CAHomelessnessStudy #CASPEH @UCSF
Equity and Justice:
Ms. Honors Juneteenth (with Ann Grundy) (On the Issues with Michele Goodwin, Ms., podcast)
The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth (National Museum of African American History and Culture)
Black Americans more upbeat but fear worsening racism, poll finds (Tim Craig, Emily Guskin and Scott Clement, Washington Post)
How a Grad Student Uncovered the Largest Known Slave Auction in the U.S. (Jennifer Berry Hawes, Pro Publica)
Immigrant ‘Dreamers’ share their worries as DACA remains in legal limbo on 11th anniversary (Armando Garcia and Quinn Owen, ABC News)
If there are any attorneys or law students who identify as Black, Native Americans, or Pacific Islanders who are interested in nonprofit corporate and tax-exemption laws and who’d like to pursue this area of practice, I’m committing one hour each week to being a resource. Please contact me if I can be of service.